Chad, a mostly Muslim country, banned people from wearing and selling full-face veils, head-to-toe burqas and turbans after the attacks, Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said in a statement broadcast on national television.

“Even the burqas for sale in the markets will be withdrawn,” he said.

Under the measure, ordered by President Idriss Deby, security forces will confiscate and burn any garments on sale and traders who don’t comply will be arrested, he said.

The two simultaneous attacks on Monday were the first of their kind in Chad and appeared to be retaliation by Boko Haram for Chad’s leading role in an offensive against the militants in Nigeria.

More than 100 people were injured in the attacks on a central police station and a police school in the capital.

“There has been progress,” said Interior Minister Abderahim Bireme Hamid. “Several suspects . . . have been arrested.”

Oil revenues have helped Chad become a military heavyweight and its troops were vital in driving Boko Haram from territory in northern Nigeria this year.

Its capital serves as a command centre for a regional anti-Boko Haram taskforce made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin as well as for France’s 000-strong Barkhane mission fighting militancy in the region.

Landlocked Chad is sub-Saharan Africa’s seventh-biggest oil producer, with Glencore, Exxon Mobil and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional among the companies pumping crude.

It’s also one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world, ranking 184th out of 198 on the United Nations Human Development Index.

Bloomberg


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